The registration period for the Canyon Young Heroes 2011 is now over. We’ll wait a few more days just in case an application got delayed in the post and then the jury will begin with its consultations. But here are a few of the Heroes who joined the team last year for starters. All the Canyon Young Heroes, who were successful in 2010, and are now not too old to be part of the team, will also be back in 2011.
Philipp Turner on his first year as a Canyon Young Hero
My name is Philipp Turner, I’m 15 and I’m from Dortmund.
I’m a grammar school pupil in the 9th grade and have been racing for 3 years. I’ve been riding for the RSV Unna since October 2009 and I am currently part of the North Rhine Westphalian and German national squads.
I first heard about the Canyon initiative for young riders from my then trainer in 2009 and immediately applied in Koblenz. I then got an early Christmas present and found out that I had been selected for the Young Heroes Team in 2010. I was over the moon and couldn’t wait to get started! In the first year I learned that one has to be very disciplined and as a sportsman one has to take care of a lot of organisational things. These include giving interviews, writing race reports, but also technical aspects such as bike maintenance, changing chain rings and much more.
However, there were also a lot of experiences. First there was the kick-off meeting in Imperia, Italy where we got our team bikes and visited the Milan-San Remo classic race as well as the training sessions with ex-pro Erik Zabel. At the end of April I had the chance to test the first track bike prototype of the V-Drome AL on the track in Büttgen together with Erik. There I was able to gain a lot of experience.
One special highlight of the year of the year was taking part in the Young classics in Hamburg, which is the biggest international U-17 stage race, and having Erik Zabel as a personal coach and Dieter Ruthenberg as masseur. Erik’s coaching from the roadside and the superb support from Dieter was excellent to have. We then were able to concentrate all our efforts on the racing.
In addition, Erik’s 40th birthday will remain forever etched into my memory because it was on that day that I became German champion against the clock over 500m. At the end of September I was able to confirm my ability at the BDR scouting session in Frankfurt/Oder in time-trialling and in the individual and team pursuits. At the end of October I had a letter in my letter box from the BDR, in which I read that I had been called up to national road and track squad for 2011.